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WILLIAM TON HU3IBOLBT.                   335
who received most attention and consideration from
the Huniboldts; and Thorwaldsen subsequently made
one of his finest works, his Speranza, for Madame von
Humboldtv    They also soon detected the great talent
of the painter S chick.    They had met him in Paris?
where   he   had   commenced   his  first   studies under
David.     In  Rome his  tendencies  were   more deve-
loped,  and they showed him every favour.    He was
almost looked upon as an inmate of the household;
and he had reason to mention these favours in the
most grateful manner in his letters home.   He wrote,
in April, 1803y to  Ms family in   Stuttgart:    "The
house of the Prussian ambassador is the place of ren-
dezvous for all the eminent men in Borne;  of all
those who visit there5 I am almost the only one who
has no title and is of humble extraction, and yet hun-
dreds of proofs have convinced me that I am not the
least liked among them.    I owe it to this family if
my  ideas  here expand."    Another time he relates
that  Humboldt had composed  the   dedication with
which he  accompanied a picture  for  the   Duke  of
"Wurtemberg.    Schick was also an excellent  portrait-
painter, and has executed most beautiful productions
in this respect for Humlx&dt; works which belong to
the finest things that naodern art has produced., and
which are   now   ornaments  to   the   castle of  TegeL
They are as follows:  1, the sketch for a family pic-
ture, the mother surrounded by her children; 2, the
portrait of Madame von Humboldt and one of her sons;
3, the portrait of the eldest daughter, with a guitar in
her hand3  a full-length fall-size portrait;   and 4, a*
splendid oil-painting, the two youngest girls, Adelheid
and Gabriele, who,, embracing each other, sit barefoot
on a wall.   These and many other works Schick made
for Humboldt while resting from his greater historical
works.      Humboldt   did  much   to   extend   Schiek's
fame in Rome, and subsequently in Vienna and Berlin.
Schick unfortunately fell ill in a few yearn, and could
therefore not accept their kind invitation to Vienna-
He would probably have found a remunerative ap-